Finding Our Wild!

Finding Our Wild!


It was that time again! Friends and family planning visits,  and we found ourselves scratching our heads on what to do with them for the umpteenth time. We decided to revisit a favourite that has undergone major changes, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Indulging in  a “Your Wildlife Habitat”; a private tour option that includes a meal, We chose the 0830-breakfast option (11.00am and 1pm lunch tour also available). Collected from reception by our guide Bec we started with a mini tour of the Wetlands, where we were immersed amongst water wading and free flying birds. Onto Curlew café, and the team served a divine breakfast on a private table amongst the wildlife. The daily bird interaction in the café at 0900 am ( and also 12.30pm) swung by our table for bird selfies! Ask about “Max” –  a loveable black cockatoo.

We requested Bec show us her favourite animals and areas in the park. Magical does not do this experience justice. Bec took us behind the scenes into the Tropical Animal Rehabilitation centre. This non-profit medical charity assists native injured, sick, orphaned, or displaced wildlife and nurses them back to health for wild release.

Wildlife Habitat’s ethos is “through observation, appreciation, through appreciation, conservation”, and how apt, as we spent private time in an enclosure with koalas Rhana and Patty.

Onwards to the newly renovated Rainforest. We were in awe of a bucket list opportunity to hand feed the endangered cassowary ( don’t do this in the wild!). We clambered up the soaring new Licuala Tower and sky-high Birdseye bridge, whilst hundreds of colourful rainforest birds dotted the skyline

Hand feeding an abundance of kangaroos and wallabies in Savannah did not disappoint. Savannah is also home to the mighty Estuarine Crocodile. 4.2-meter Babinda is in residence with his ladies, and we marvelled the stealth of this apex predator, however the excitement was palpable as Bec talked us through the all new CrocArena exhibit and that we will be able to Swim with Salties starting August this year! We will be back!

We finished on a high with a walk through the Ultra-modern new Nocturnal habitat. Bec excitedly explained the success Wildlife Habitat have had in breeding 2 endangered species within this facility: the Mahogany Glider, and the Northern Bettong.

What a way to appreciate our wildlife. We will return with our visitors to Swim with the Salties! We found our wild… so should you!

To book your private tour – Call Wildlife Habitat on 07 40 99 32 35 or email